What am I like?

I have been living alone for one week. Before living in multiple house shares I lived with a partner and this is the first time all by myself. In the run up to my move I wondered what I would be like when no one else is there. Co-habitating with the intimate strangers who are…

(D)own the front

Mclusky’s iconic, ludicrous, fabulous, barnshackling rock wonderpiece ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’ opens with 16 strikes of a hi-hat. Then a crunchy riff. Hi-hat and vocals. “Eat what you are while you’re falling apart and it opened a can of worms”. Crunching. Hi-hat and vocals. “And the gun’s in my hand and I know it looks bad…

SatArtDay

A day of art in Leeds! I visited the Henry Moore Institute to see the ‘Senga Nengudi’ exhibition. It’s great! I learnt about Nengudi for the first time. From the programme; “Born in Chicago in 1943, Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazer in sculpture for fifty years…her work is characterised by a persistently radical experimentation…

Leeds Log Day 730

On my first day in Leeds I wrote on Facebook; “Leeds log day 1 – it’s all good”. This time last year, on the first anniversary of my move I wrote a blog post with my top tips for moving to a new city on your own https://inaflowerdress.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/when-i-first-came-here/ Today I thought I’d share a brief year two…

16 minutes and counting

I recently watched a film in which the central female character is a runner. In the film she is involved in a high profile and stressful trial and she goes running late at night through London as she tries to cope with the strains and pressures of the days in court. This is a minor…

The start of a love affair

I felt fabulously and nervously far away from home when my friend and I stepped off the train in Montpellier, in the south of France for a week’s holiday and saw palm trees. This blog post is a mixture of holiday snaps, thoughts about Montpellier, and some idle visiting tips. A visit to the south…

“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up”

“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up” I love the capacity poetry has to capture a feeling or experience. To pierce through uncertainty, confusion, joy or difficulty. To provide absolute clarity even if just for a moment. “among the throbbing lights of cars,” I have discovered a new poetry anthology; ‘The Poetry Pharmacy’, and…

My reading this week – a mini break special

I am going to start posting about my recent reading…and I am starting with my reading during my mini break to Ireland (see last post) and the long bank holiday. First up – ‘Abortion Wars’ by Judith Orr published in 2017 by Policy Press. This is a fantastic book and for anyone wanting to be…

‘Yes / Tá’

When I decided I needed a break and to fly solo for the first time, I plumped for Dublin and then decided to extend it with visits to Drogheda and Belfast too. It took me a couple of days to realise that I had booked the trip for the days of the referendum in Ireland…

“as time goes by”

I want to do some writing about music so I writing about some of my favourite lyrics…I have a playlist with some of them in called ‘1973’. They don’t always come from artists or even songs I like! However, let’s go… ‘By The Way’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers: The opening lyric to this track I…